International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is mandatory for all new international students. ISOP allows international students to become better acquainted with the University of Minnesota, the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), as well as other international students. During ISOP, students will receive information about living and studying here, as well as valuable information about maintaining their non-immigrant legal status.
As an admitted student to the University of Minnesota (e.g. Graduate School, Undergraduate degree, Law School, or a Non-degree seeking program), there may be other orientations that you are required to attend. Contact your college and/or department to find out about orientation, sign up for its orientation program and confirm the date. Be sure the orientations that you will be required to attend do not conflict with the date of the International Student Orientation Program.
After you check in to your housing, visit ISSS in 190 Humphrey School for a brief document check, after which you can sign up for ISOP and register for classes.
You must go through Document Check before attending ISOP. At Document Check you will sign up for ISOP. You CANNOT sign up for ISOP online.
Students will be required to choose one day to attend.
All new undergraduate freshman students are required to attend a two-day Orientation program. Orientation and First Year Programs (OFYP) and ISSS partner together to offer a comprehensive Freshman Orientation program for our International students. You can prepare for Orientation by completing your New Student Checklist. You can access your New Student Checklist by logging into myu.umn.edu and selecting the My College tab.
Freshman students attending Orientation on August 20th & 21st, August 21st & 22nd, or August 25th & 26th will complete ISOP during their Orientation. Freshman students attending Orientation other than these dates must schedule a separate date for ISOP during Document Check. You must complete your Document Check prior to attending Orientation. During Orientation, you will register for your fall semester classes. For more details and to view a sample schedule, please visit the Orientation and First-year Program website.
In addition, freshman students beginning Fall 2014 should mark their calendars for the required Welcome Week program August 27 through September 1, 2014. See more information on Welcome Week.
New transfer students are required to attend two programs: Transfer Orientation and ISOP. Attendance at both programs is mandatory. During Transfer Orientation, you will meet with your college and register for classes. You can prepare for Orientation by completing your New Student Checklist which can be found by logging into myu.umn.edu and selecting the My College tab. You will schedule your date for ISOP during Document Check. For additional details, please visit the Orientation and First-year Program website.
The Graduate School's Welcome and Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is open to all incoming graduate and professional students and is intended to complement orientations provided by programs and colleges. For more information, please go to http://www.grad.umn.edu/orientation/index.html.
Contact your department to sign up for an appointment with your academic adviser. Also ask your department if it has an orientation program for new students. If so, make sure the date does not conflict with the date of ISOP that you have scheduled at Document Check.